European wood pellet markets shrunk in 2022, industrial demand remains low in 202
Electricity produced by burning wood pellets decreased in absolute terms for the first time in 2022, while wind and solar rose.
Driven by EU policy and strong national incentives for both industrial and residential use, the...
Final EU Renewable Energy Directive will continue driving forest destruction, but national lawmakers can limit the damage
Despite repeated warnings from scientists, doctors, NGOs, and EU citizens about its dire consequences for forests and air quality, the final version of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED III) which was adopted today, will...
"Green Gold" - a board game on land use and climate change
In 2019, Fern worked with a game designer to create “Green Gold” - a board game to show the complex issues that need to be considered when thinking about how best to tackle the climate crisis through improved land use. It is set...
Belgium's largest biomass plant closes… for good
In a trend that will greatly benefit forests if it catches on, the energy company Engie appears to be turning away from burning solid biomass.
Vattenfall must stop destroying forests and worsening climate chaos
Vattenfall is today preventing young climate activists from attending their annual general meeting. In Vattenfall’s Notice to attend, it says: "The Annual General Meeting is open to the general public. In connection with the...
New EU biomass rules: a crushing defeat for forests
The RED negotiations' outcome underscores how little it matters that Parliament and EU citizens wish to protect forests, if it is more convenient to let the biomass industry burn them.
EU's revised Renewable Energy Directive fails to address the realities of the climate and biodiversity crisis
In the early hours of today, European Union (EU) negotiators concluded negotiations over the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The outcome will not reduce the EU’s wood burning addiction to comply with its renewable targets. It...
Biomass industry attempts to gut proposals to limit the subsidies they receive for forest destruction
As Renewable Energy Directive negotiations enter their final phase, EU decision-makers must prioritise the needs of EU citizens and forests over those of this irresponsible industry.
Europe’s Dark Winter
The energy crisis is intensifying pressure on Europe's already besieged forests. Here's how we can limit the damage, writes Martin Pigeon
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EU biomass-incentives madness reaches Vietnam
The EU’s policy bioenergy policies are being repeated around the world. It is urgent that the EU realises the damage this is causing and disincentivises primary woody biomass in the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive.